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Detroit Moxie's Weekend Roundup

To most people, Labor Day signals the end of summer. For us here in Detroit that means that cider mills, football games and fall colors are on the horizon.

But where did Labor Day come from?

Labor Day was first observed in 1882 to celebrate the American worker. There is some doubt about whose idea this was. Both Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and Matthew Maguire, a machinist, are credited with the holiday.

For the record, I’m going with the carpenter.

But hey, it’s still summer and there are always a million things to do on Labor Day weekend. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Weekend Roundup

1. Arts, Beats & Eats -Royal Oak will be rocking with delicous eats, delightful art and jamming bands. Featured performers include Jessica Hernandez, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, Saving Abel and the Psychedelic Furs. September 2—5.

2. Hamtramck Labor Day Festival -Music, food and fun will be happening in Hamtown this weekend. Participate in the Golab-K—a 5K run, watch yacht races sail down Joseph Campau, nosh on Polish food and listen to live music. September 3—5.

3. Detroit International Jazz Festival - From Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, the city will be bopping with smooth jazz. Highlights include a poetry slam on Saturday, food from Slows BarBQ and Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe and kids activities throughout the weekend. Monday features Kevin Eubanks  and Kareem Riggins featuring COMMON. September 2—5.

4. Thai Food Fair - The Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center hosts this event on several Sundays throughout the warm months. Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine with your friends and families. September 4th.

5. 70 Years of Jeep - Celebrate the Jeep through its military and civilian use. The star of the show is a rare 1941 Willys MA. Now through December 30th. ( Note: The museum is closed on Mondays and some holidays.)

Do you know of a great event going on in Metro Detroit this weekend? Add it to the comments and share it with us!

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Annual Peach Festival in historic Romeo

Arts on the Bay (New Baltimore) with tranquil Lake St. Clair as the backdrop

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMacomb County, Michigan

Here's one that just came across my desk...

On Monday, September 5th, the President will visit Detroit, MI to celebrate Labor Day with workers and their families as well as discuss his bipartisan efforts to create jobs and strengthen our economy. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will accompany the President on his trip to Detroit. The President’s event in Detroit will be free and open to the public.

Prior to the event with the President, pre-program entertainment will include musical performances by the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit and Aretha Franklin.

The Labor Day Event will be held in the GM Lot adjacent to the Renaissance Center. Enter at corner of Rivard Street and Atwater Street. Gates open at 10:00 AM

All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, chairs, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed inside the venue. Cameras and cell phones are permitted.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUrsula

Thanks for sharing! You all have a great weekend.

September 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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